Canarian Government to remove the monument to Franco

    The monument to Franco in Santa Cruz is closer to being removed, although not without controversy. Neither the lawsuit filed by the lawyer Eduardo Ranz five years ago for not complying with the Law of Historical Memory passed in 2007, nor a convincing study by the University of La Laguna or the petitions of historical memory associations have been enough for the sculpture, inaugurated in 1966 in honour of the caudillo, to be removed.

    However following the catalogue of vestiges completed and released this Tuesday by the Vice-Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Santa Cruz will concentrate on removing immediately up to 78 representations or exaltations of the Franco regime that still survive in its streets that breach the Law.

    Among those that must be removed from public space are monuments such as the Monument to the Fallen (1947) and the Monument to the Caudillo (1966), sculptures such as the bust of Joaquín Amigó de Lara (1986) and objects such as the propeller of the Crucero Canarias, inscriptions such as the plaques of the National Housing Institute (1957) and the tombstone of the Fallen of Igueste de San Andrés (1975).

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